Monthly Archives: December 2012

Parents Who Burned Their Daughter to Death Released on Bail

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Pakistani Girl Burned by Father with Acid

Death is sometimes a blessing.

Police arrested [Pakistanis]Mohammad Zafar and his wife Zaheen Akhtar a week after the October 29 attack on their 15-year-old daughter Anusha, who died in agony from horrific burns in Pakistan-administered Kashmir after allegedly looking at boys.

But district and sessions judge Munir Gilani granted bail because “police had no evidence and they could produce no witnesses,” public prosecutor Mohammad Ali Rathor told reporters.

“The court found it a weak case and, giving the benefit of doubt, granted bail to her parents,” he said.

“No one appeared on behalf of the deceased girl and no human or women rights activists came to pursue the case,” Rathor added.

Read the rest: Pakistani Parents Freed on Bail After Burning Daughter with Acid.

And where are those women’s rights activists?

Syrian Women Fooled by Islamist Rebels?

Syrian women rebels feel excluded by male IslamistsAs the Syrian opposition edges closer to winning the civil war, some women who have been active in the struggle say a steady rise of fundamentalist Islamists within their movement is spoiling the sense of victory.

These men, they say, are extremists who are expanding control, waving the black flag of Jihad and excluding women in a way that mirrors the male domination of the autocratic regime that is still clinging to power.

“All opposing Syrian factions insist on marginalizing women,” said Maya al-Rahbi, a human rights activist, “which means that these factions are not a true representation of the Syrian people. Half of the population is left out.”

Rahbi, director of a Damascus-based women’s research center, said “this indicates how patriarchal these groups are and how unbelieving they are in democracy, which can never be achieved without giving women their rights.”
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“We, women, have been fooled,” Majida said. “How can such a weak representation be accepted? Do three women reflect the role of the female population in Syria? Did they forget what women died during the revolution by organizing protests themselves? How thousands of us were arrested and tortured just like men? It is men who chose the armed conflict, limiting the physical role of women to some extent. But our suffering was greater than theirs, because murder, rape and torture always affect women and children more than men in armed conflicts.”

Rahbi echoed that outrage. “Where are all the mottos we’ve been hearing since the beginning revolution? Where did the calls for ‘freedom, dignity and justice for all citizens’ go?” she said.

She added that, “This reminds us of the same oppressive regimes and of their same policies against women. Why then did women take part in the revolution from the very beginning? Why did they sacrifice and lose their loved ones? Why were they killed, arrested, exiled and stranded? Why the revolution in the first place?!”

Read the rest: Syrian Women Rebels Marginalized by Islamists.

Obviously these women are getting a hard-earned education in sharia law and the ideology of Islam.  It’s too bad that they didn’t read their own religious and legal texts before joining forces with the rebels.  Fooled?  No they are fools for thinking that they would be spared from the misogynistic grip of the fundamentalist jihadis and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Apologia for FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)

Young Girl Undergoing Female Genital Mutilation with RazorSeven Things to Know about Female Genital Surgeries

by the Public Policy Advisory Network on Female Genital Surgeries in Africa

from the Hastings Center Report ( a bioethics research institute)

Abstract

Starting in the early 1980s, media coverage of customary African genital surgeries for females has been problematic and overly reliant on sources from within a global activist and advocacy movement opposed to the practice, variously described as female genital mutilation, female genital cutting, or female circumcision. Here, we use the more neutral expression female genital surgery. In their passion to end the practice, anti-mutilation advocacy organizations often make claims about female genital surgeries in Africa that are inaccurate or overgeneralized or that don’t apply to most cases.

The aim of this article—which we offer as a public policy advisory statement from a group of concerned research scholars, physicians, and policy experts—is not to take a collective stance on the practice of genital surgeries for either females or males. Our main aim is to express our concern about the media coverage of female genital surgeries in Africa, to call for greater accuracy in cultural representations of little-known others, and to strive for evenhandedness and high standards of reason and evidence in any future public policy debates. In effect, the statement is an invitation to actually have that debate, with all sides of the story fairly represented.

Snippets:

For nearly three decades, there has been an uncritical relationship between the media and antimutilation advocacy groups. In the face of horrifying and sensational claims about African parents “mutilating” their daughter and damaging their sexual pleasure and reproductive capacities, there has been surprisingly little journalistic exploration of alternative views or consultation with experts who can assess current evidence.

We recommend that journalists, activists, and policy-makers cease using violent and preemptive rhetoric.

We recommend a more balanced discussion of the topic in the press and in public policy forums.

Many highly educated women in Africa embrace the practice and do so without negative health consequences.

For the sake of a balanced discussion, it will be necessary to create a context where women can express their support for the practices without being attacked. African women who live outside Africa but who grew up in regions of Africa where genital surgeries are routine and have a positive connotation should be included in a more respectful and productive discourse that creates a supportive or protective context against stigmatization, fear, or humiliation.  


Some medical practitioners have suggested that the horror-inducing media coverage of the topic over the past three decades can have a psychological impact on a woman’s genital self-image upon immigration to countries where female genital surgery is condemned, thereby inducing an “acquired sexual dysfunction.”

Read the rest of this detestable article: Media Should Not (sic) Condemn Female Genital Mutilation.

Where Are the Voices of the Western Feminists?

question_mark_masksThe British courts recently asked me to prepare a report on a young Muslim woman of Pakistani descent, and to do so I had to visit her at home. I spoke to her in a room in which a television screen as large as a cinema vied for predominance with embroidered pictures of Mecca and framed quotations from the Koran.

She told me a story with which I was only too familiar. One of eight brothers and sisters, she soon discovered that, while her brothers could do anything they pleased, including crime, she and her sisters were expected to lead spotless lives of infinite tedium and absolutely no choice. At 16, without her consent, she was betrothed to be married to a first cousin in Pakistan, whom she had never met and did not wish to meet.

She ran away to avoid being taken back “home” and married off under duress; but in need of companionship and protection (having been until then a virtual prisoner in her parental home), she soon married a young man of Pakistani descent who turned out to be neither a companion nor protective, but criminal and violent.

Read the rest: Pakistani Woman Denied Rights  

Where are the voices of the Western feminists?  Their silence about the oppression of women in Islam is a disgusting black hole that should be called out for what it is – hypocritical and dishonest.

Is this silence from the fear of jihadi retribution, is it due to the political bindings of PC multiculturalism, or is it that NOW and other women’s organizations and feminist leaders could care less ‘now’ that they’ve achieved many of their goals?  But whatever the reasons, their silence indicates great lack of compassion for their sisters bound by Islamic doctrine and a betrayal of the mission of the feminist movement.

Five Pakistani Girls Gang-Raped for Demanding Their Wages

Distressed WomanA family of farmers in Punjab had to pay a heavy price upon asking for their wages – five of their teenage girls were allegedly gang raped by eight local landlords in Kitro, Sheikhupura district.

According to B*, a resident of Noon village, his daughter and nieces – all between 14 and 18 years – were abducted by the landlords and taken into the fields, where they were gang raped.

The girls are all unmarried, police officials said.

B and his family, who had two weeks ago temporarily moved to Kitro to work in the fields, had demanded their two-week salary from their employers – Zaheer and Tassadaq, alias Mara Jutt.

In turn, the two ‘infuriated’ landlords and their accomplices warned them of ‘dire’ consequences. Their threats materialised later that night when they attacked B’s dera and tied up his family with ropes, before taking off with the girls.

According to contents of the FIR, B said they managed to set themselves free and set off on a search for the girls and the men. They found the girls in the field, while the accused managed to escape.

Read the rest: Five Girls in Pakistan Gang-raped for Demanding Wages

Did the Muslim Brotherhood Pay to Have Women Assaulted at Protests?

Lara Logan in Tahrir Square in 2007

Lara Logan in Tahrir Square in 2007

Egypt’s ruling party is paying gangs of thugs to sexually assault women protesting inCairo’sTahrir Square against President Mohamed Morsi, activists said.

They also said the Muslim Brotherhood is paying gangs to beat up men who are taking part in the latest round of protests, which followed a decree by President Morsi to give himself sweeping new powers.

Around 200,000 people gathered yesterday in Tahrir Square, the heart of last year’s revolution which toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

But amid the calls for democracy a sinister threat has emerged. Magda Adly, the director of the Nadeem Centre for Human Rights, said that under Mubarak, the Government paid thugs to beat male protestors and sexually assault women.

‘This is still happening now,’ she told The Times. ‘I believe thugs are being paid money to do this … the Muslim Brotherhood have the same political approaches as Mubarak,’ she said.

One protestor, Yasmine, told the newspaper how she had been in the square filming the demonstrations for a few hours when the crowd suddenly turned.

Before she knew what was happening, about 50 men had surrounded her and began grabbing her breasts. She said they ripped off her clothes, starting with her headscarf and for nearly an hour, indecently assaulted her with their hands.

A few men tried to help her but they were beaten away. Eventually some residents who had seen the attack from their windows came to her aid and an elderly couple pulled her into their home. She suffered internal injuries and was unable to walk for a week.

Four of Yasmine’s friends were also sexually assaulted in the square that day, in the summer.

Afaf el-Sayed, a journalist and activist, told the newspaper she was assaulted by a group of men while protesting in Tahrir Square just over a month ago and she was sure her attackers were ‘thugs from the Muslim Brotherhood’.

In February 2011 the correspondent for the American network CBS, Lara Logan, endured a half-hour sexual assault inTahrir Squareby a group of men. She said after the ordeal that she had been ‘raped with their hands’.

While the exact frequency of these attacks is unknown, activists have reported nearly 20 attacks in the last ten days and say there has been a dramatic increase in mob sex attacks on protestors in the last year.

Most attacks take place in one particular corner of the square, at roughly the same time every evening, and usually starts with a group of men forming a human chain around women as if to protect them.

Yasmine said she was almost sure the assault was planned. She managed to throw her camera to a friend and was able to watch the footage later. She told The Times: ‘Just before the attack it looks like men are getting into position. They look like they’re up to something, they don’t look like random protestors.’

The newspaper spoke to two men who admitted they were paid to target female protestors. Victor and Tutu, both in their thirties, said they operate in a group of around 65 local men and got paid between £10 and £20 a time. But they would not reveal who pays them.

‘We’re told to go out and sexually harass girls so they leave the demonstration,’ Victor told The Times. He said the aim was to cause disruption and instil fear in protesters. He said members of the public sometimes joined in. 

Read the rest: Muslim Brotherhood Paying Gangs to Assault Women Protesters in Egypt 

And read more about this travesty: Egyptian Women Assaulted at March Against Sexual Harassment.

Teenaged Girl Beheaded for Turning Down Marriage Proposal

Two women in afghanistanA teenage girl was beheaded by a relative in northern Afghanistan after she turned down his marriage proposals, according to reports.

The victim, named as Gisa, was decapitated with a knife in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province on Tuesday, local police said. She is believed to be around 15-years-old.

A police spokesman said two men, named as  Sadeq and Massoud, had been arrested following the teenage girl’s murder.

The two men are understood to be close relatives of the victim that live in the same village.

Local police sources have said the men behind the attack wanted to marry the girl, but their advances had been turned down by victim’s father.

Gisa is understood to have been attacked as she returned to her home in Kulkul village after going out to collect water from a nearby well.

Her father told a local news agency he had not wanted his daughter to get married because she was too young.

Afghanistan’s Taliban regime – notorious for its oppression of women in the country – was ousted in 2001, but extreme violence against women is still rife.

Read more: Afghan Girl Beheaded for Refusing Marriage Proposal  

UK Muslim Kidnapped and Sexually Assaulted a Six Year Old Girl

cartoon of young, frightened girlA predatory paedophile who cruised Bradford’s streets hunting for young girls was today behind bars after he was found guilty of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl.
Car salesman Qamar Malik, 28, was also convicted by a jury yesterday of twice attempting to abduct a girl aged 12 in daylight.

When he was 16, Malik sexually assaulted three girls he met by chance in the street, dragging one down a snicket to molest her, the jury was told during the trial at Bradford Crown Court.

Malik, of Parsonage Road, West Bowling,, Bradford, was yesterday remanded back into custody to await sentence by Judge Peter Benson who said it was “a very disturbing case” with “a big background”.

He warned Malik to expect a substantial prison sentence when he is brought back to court on January 15.

Judge Benson adjourned the case for the preparation of a report from the probation service that will assess the level of danger Malik poses to members of the public. The judge told him: “You have a history of assaulting girls who are strangers in the street and I need the probation service to prepare a report to assess the level of risk you present.”

Read the rest:  Muslim Sexually Assaults Six-year-old

At least Mohammed married six year old Aisha.